Ok so it may not be the first sunday of the year but it's 24hrs before we ring in 2018 so I'm calling for a country wide lie in!
Are you getting enough sleep? Probably not.
Sleeping late has a plethora of benefits, not only to your mental health but to your body as well, your skin will be brighter, you'll have more energy & your memory will be better! So switch off those alarm clocks and let your body tell you when it's had enough.
Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or "practice" skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).
In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night.
In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.
Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process.
A Stanford University study found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina.
The results of this study reflect previous findings seen in tennis players and swimmers.
Keep your kids calm
A lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids, Dr. Rapoport says.
"Kids don’t react the same way to sleep deprivation as adults do," he adds. "Whereas adults get sleepy, kids tend to get hyperactive."
A 2009 study in the journal Pediatrics found that children ages seven and eight who got less than about eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive.
Make losing weight easier
Wanting to get fitter in 2017? Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass.
Keep your skin clear
A study published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that "good sleepers" recovered better after ultraviolet light exposure, and their skin also recovered more quickly after having tape stripped off of it. They also showed fewer signs of aging.
Increase your immune system
While going out in the cold doesn't make you more likely to catch one, being exposed to one does. But if you haven't slept before being exposed to a virus, your weakened immune system makes you much more likely to catch it.
When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same—and both can affect cardiovascular health.
Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure.
All information from Health.com